Schenker AG, DB Schenker’s business unit management team is made up of industry-leading professionals, specializing in all areas of logistics and supply chain professionals.
Jochen Thewes, born 1971, is Chairman of the Board of Management of Schenker AG since September 1, 2015. Thewes, whose roots are in the German city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, is an internationally recognized supply chain and logistics expert, bringing more than 20 years of senior management expertise and experiences, in both regional and global positions. Over the past years Thewes has made significant contributions to DB Schenker, most notably since 2011 in his role as Chief Executive Officer in Singapore in the fast paced and most dynamic Asia/Pacific Region, where he is responsible for 13.000 employees spread across 200 locations in 20 countries. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President Global Ocean Freight, based in the Head Office in Essen/Germany.
Before joining DB Schenker, Thewes held various senior management positions within the global logistics group Kuehne + Nagel. He spent more than twelve years in different functions in Asia and Latin America such as President of the company in Brazil, General Manager for Central China in Shanghai and Chief Representative in Vietnam. He also operated in Hong Kong and New York.
Katharina Rath is an internationally experienced expert in various fields of Human Resources. She earned a degree in Psychology (Diploma) from the University of Regensburg and previously held several positions at Continental Automotive Technologies, most recently as Senior Vice President Human Relations, Automotive Technologies and Holistic Engineering & Technologies and as Member of the Automotive Board.
On December 1, 2020, Katharina Rath was appointed to the Management Board of Schenker AG, headquartered in Essen, where she is now in charge of Human Resources.
Oliver Seidl brings many years of experience in diverse finance-related management positions and as a managing director and management board member, including in listed global corporations. Before joining DB Schenker, he was CFO and CIO at Media-Saturn-Holding. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chairman of the Management Board at Loewe AG, having previously served as the management board member for finance and services. Prior to that, he looked after management accounting, strategy and M&A at medium-sized companies.
From 1990 to 2001, Seidl worked in various roles for Daimler AG in Bremen and Stuttgart, most recently heading Group management accounting for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars. After training in wholesale and export, Seidl studied at the universities of Göttingen and Marburg, graduating in business administration.
Markus Sontheimer was born in Friedrichshafen, Germany in 1968. Mr. Sontheimer has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, which was awarded by the Technical University in Esslingen. In 1994, he started his professional career at Daimler AG where he held various senior positions (both nationally and internationally) including the positions of CIO for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, and CIO of the Daimler Financial Services AG. In the role of CIO Finance, he restructured and transformed the global IT for Group Finance at Deutsche Bank from 2010-2015.
Markus Sontheimer joined the Board of Management team at Schenker AG on 1st December 2015 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
On 22nd June 2016 he was appointed the additional role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Schenker AG by the Supervisory Board. As the Chief Information & Digital Officer he is responsible for IT and Digitalization.
Christian Drenthen, originally from the Netherlands, has been appointed to serve as Board Member for Global Land Transport at Schenker AG. Drenthen has a degree in logistics and has been with Schenker AG since 2015. Before this he worked for logistics companies such as FedEx and Unilever.
On January 1, 2019, Drenthen was appointed to the Management Board of Schenker AG, headquartered in Essen, where he is now in charge of Global Land Transport.
Thorsten Meincke was appointed to the Management Board of Schenker AG on June 1, 2019 and is in charge of Global Air and Ocean Freight. He previously served as the Head of Global Ocean Freight at Kuehne + Nagel and worked in other positions at Kuehne + Nagel, as well as M&M Militzer & Muench, a Swiss-based logistics company, and Arthur Andersen, a US-based consulting company.
Thorsten was born and raised in Hamburg and holds a master's degree in Macroeconomics from the University of his hometown.
Xavier Garijo, who holds degrees in chemistry and physics, was born in Spain. He has many years of experience in management positions at French, British and US companies such as Unilever and Rhone-Poulenc – most recently at Reckitt Benckiser, and Revlon and Elizabeth Arden, in the consumer goods sector.
On January 1, 2019, Garijo was appointed to the Management Board of Schenker AG, headquartered in Essen, where he is now in charge of Contract Logistics.